Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk, from left, presents the DOE Project Management Excellence Award for the On-Site Waste Disposal Facility Capital Asset Project-1 to Portsmouth Federal Project Director Jud Lilly, Portsmouth Site Lead Jeremy Davis and Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Manager Joel Bradburne during a ceremony last week.

Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk, from left, presents the DOE Project Management Excellence Award for the On-Site Waste Disposal Facility Capital Asset Project-1 to Portsmouth Federal Project Director Jud Lilly, Portsmouth Site Lead Jeremy Davis and Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Manager Joel Bradburne during a ceremony last week.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk presented EM two Project Management Awards during a ceremony last week, recognizing exceptional results for complex projects.

The Hanford Site in Washington state received the DOE Project Management Achievement Award while the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) was honored with the prestigious DOE Project Management Award of Excellence at its Portsmouth Site in Ohio.

Each year, the Department recognizes projects that have demonstrated excellence in the project management discipline. The Secretary's Excellence Award is presented to a single project team that has demonstrated exceptional results in completing a project within cost and schedule.

Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk addresses DOE employees and others during a ceremony last week in which he presented EM with two Project Management Awards honoring the cleanup program for exceptional results in complex projects.
Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk addresses DOE employees and others during a ceremony last week in which he presented EM with two Project Management Awards honoring the cleanup program for exceptional results in complex projects.

The DOE Project Management Excellence Award for 2022 was presented to the PPPO team for successfully delivering the On-Site Waste Disposal Facility Capital Asset Project-1. The facility is the anchor project supporting cleanup at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The project provided disposal capacity to support demolition of the 29-acre two-story X-326 uranium process building, which was completed last year. It also provides the disposal capacity for excavation of two contaminated groundwater plumes at the Portsmouth Site, helping EM meet commitments to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The disposal facility project was completed 22 months ahead of schedule and came in at $37 million less than the projected $285 million budget. The Department commended the Portsmouth Site project team for achieving exceptional results on such a vital project.

An aerial view of the On-Site Waste Disposal Facility at EM's Portsmouth Site in Ohio.
An aerial view of the On-Site Waste Disposal Facility at EM's Portsmouth Site in Ohio.

DOE Project Management Achievement Awards are presented to teams that demonstrate significant results in completing complex projects within cost and schedule. The Hanford Tank-Side Cesium Removal (TSCR) System project team did just that, completing the $164 million project three months ahead of schedule and $29 million under budget, all while managing COVID-19 impacts and challenges to supply chains, staffing, and operations.

Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk, from left, presents the DOE Project Management Achievement Award for the Tank-Side Cesium Removal System (TSCR) project to Janet Diediker, federal project director, TSCR Demonstration Project, Tank Farms Project; Paul Schroder, deputy assistant manager, Tank Farms Project; and Vanessa Turner, director, Tank Farms Business Operations Division, Tank Farms Project.

Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk, from left, presents the DOE Project Management Achievement Award for the Tank-Side Cesium Removal System (TSCR) project to Janet Diediker, federal project director, TSCR Demonstration Project, Tank Farms Project; Paul Schroder, deputy assistant manager, Tank Farms Project; and Vanessa Turner, director, Tank Farms Business Operations Division, Tank Farms Project.

An aerial view of the Hanford Site’s AP Farm and Tank-Side Cesium Removal System, at bottom center.
An aerial view of the Hanford Site’s AP Farm and Tank-Side Cesium Removal System, at bottom center.

TSCR is a nuclear operating system that provides safe and efficient retrieval, treatment and disposal of the 56 million gallons of chemical and radioactive waste stored in Hanford’s 177 underground tanks. The project represented the first large-scale treatment of radioactive waste from the underground tanks at Hanford and sets the stage for vitrification of the waste through the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Low-Activity Waste Facility (LAW). TSCR removes undissolved solids and cesium from tank waste prior to feeding it directly to the LAW Facility.